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On July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig delivered one of the most famous speeches of all time at Yankee Stadium when he announced his retirement from the game of baseball due to his amyotrophic lateral sclerosis diagnosis (ALS). Gehrig’s timeless speech lives on 75 years later, and MLB Productions recently paid tribute to the New York Yankees legend by having first basemen from all 30 major league teams recite Gehrig’s speech. The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo joined Tom Caron and Steve Lyons before Saturday’s Boston Red Sox game to discuss Gehrig’s legacy and the lasting impact he’s had on the game of baseball. Check out what Cafardo had to say in the video above.Filed under: Boston Red Sox, Boston Red Sox Video, NESN Video, Red Sox First Pitch, Steve Lyons, Top Stories, Video

Gehrig's 'Luckiest man' speech remembered 75 years later

Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig spent 17 seasons with the New York Yankees until a degenerative nerve disorder called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), later commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, forced him to quit the game in 1939 at the age of 36. (The disease would claim his life less than two years later.)  Gehrig, who held the record for most consecutive games...

Eleanor Gehrig, the wife and widow of the Iron Horse

Eleanor was a wild child from Chicago while Lou was the personification of hard-work.  As a couple they were a team; after his death, she remained his widow six times longer than she was his wife.  Called by some the “First Lady of the Yankees” after being at Old-Timers games for four decades, Lou Gehrig’s wife Eleanor became a professional widow to the only man she ever...

Red Sox To Celebrate Fourth Of July, Commemorate Lou Gehrig’s Farewell Speech

The Boston Red Sox will be honoring two events this holiday weekend. The Red Sox will celebrate the Fourth of July while also commemorating the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech to baseball, which took place at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939, during pregame ceremonies on Friday, July 4, before the 1:35 p.m. game against the Baltimore Orioles. The giant American flag...

NY Yankees: Lou Gehrig, American Hero

Seventy-five years ago today, Lou Gehrig reluctantly gave a 277-word speech that should resonate in the lives of all Americans, whether you’re a baseball fan or not.Wayne Coffey of reported: “Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day would turn out to be the most poignant and emotionally charged event in the history of New York sports.”As baseball fans, we can discuss the...

MLB First Basemen Reenact Lou Gehrig Farewell Speech

With Friday marking the 75th anniversary of the farewell speech by Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees, Major League Baseball produced a tribute video featuring all 30 MLB first basemen to mark the occasion and raise awareness for ALS. Lucas Duda and the other first basemen reenact the stirring and powerful “Luckiest Man” speech originally delivered by Gehrig on July 4, 1939 at...

Lou Gehrig, David Ortiz Make List Of Top 10 Sports Speeches (Gallery)

Less than a month after disease struck Lou Gehrig, ending his 2,130-game streak, the New York Yankees first baseman took the microphone in the middle of Yankee Stadium to deliver one of the most memorable sports speeches of all time. His speech was honored prior to the Tampa Bay Rays-New York Yankees game on Wednesday, opening a league-wide effort to spread awareness and raise...

WATCH: MLB stars recite Lou Gehrig’s famous speech for 75th anniversary

Seventy-five years ago today, possibly the most famous speech in the history of sports was recited by Lou Gehrig, who was announcing his goodbye to baseball after being diagnosed with ALS. To honor the anniversary of the Lou “Iron Horse” Gehrig’s heartbreaking farewell to baseball, put together a video featuring many of today’s stars reciting the speech. Yankees Mark...

Here's the Lou Gehrig famed "Luckiest Man" 4th of July Speech delivered by today's MLB 1st basemen

And for some reason, Derek Jeter.Your browser does not support iframes.Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return Home

75 Years Later… A List of Lou Gehrig’s Greatest Accomplishments

Seventy-five years ago this Friday, on July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig retired and made what is now baseball’s most memorable speech. The Iron Horse accomplished success to a level never seen before his time and very rarely seen since. Lou Gehrig played in the shadows of The Babe and Joltin’ Joe throughout much of his [&hellip No visits yet The post 75 Years Later… A List of Lou...

The Case for Gil Hodges

  Gil Hodges and Carl Erskine in the clubhouse. Gil would be the first player since Lou Gehrig to hit 4 Home Runs in a game. Gil Hodges, Dodger Blue, through and through. He was quite possibly one of the greatest 1st Baseman of his generation not to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Statically, the 8 time All-Star was a model of consistency through out his career and when it ended...

Happy 4th of July Game Notes

75 years ago today, Lou Gehrig told the world that he was the luckiest man on the face of this earth. He said this as he dealt with the most horrible of diseases, and one that attacked every part of his system. A disease that would give him paralysis and make him unable to raise his head. A disease that took his life less than 2 years after he made that legendary speech at Yankees...

The Man who made the Most Famous Speech in Sports History

Seventy-five years ago, Henry Louis Gehrig gave what is probably the most famous speech in sports history; telling the 61,000 gathered at Yankee Stadium, “I might have been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live for”. The words, showing gratitude for a baseball career that was one of the best ever, and to those in his life that made it all possible. Lou Gehrig...

Official Video: Here's the Lou Gehrig famed "Luckiest Man" 4th of July Speech

Lou Gehrig's famed "Luckiest Man" 4th of July speech.Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return Home


(( is hard to believe that 75 years have passed since one of the most simple, emphatic, and heart felt speeches in the history of sports.The speech itself took less than a minute, but it's words are still ringing true today.Here is how Major League Baseball is remembering Lou Gehrig's salute to everyone and everything he loved.Your browser does not support iframes...

"Fans, for the past two weeks, you've been reading about a bad break.

Yet today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth." -Lou Gehrig, July 4th, 1939
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